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Links for Thursday, January 4, 2017:

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Town Talk

I hope everyone had a good Christmas and a safe New Year’s. We once again begin a year filled with happy, sad, exciting, boring and adventurous experiences. I think we need to live each day to it’s fullest and get all the life out of it we can. Happy New Year!

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Margaret Duggins has a special birthday coming up soon. Her family will be celebrating her 90th birthday with family and friends on Saturday, January 13 from 2-4 p.m. at the Friona Senior Center at 1410 Washington. If you plan on attending, contact Sharla Carter at (806) 670-8233 to RSVP. Birthday cards are welcome. No presents please. Happy Birthday Margaret!

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Community Bingo at Prairie Acres is scheduled for Saturday, January 27 at 3 p.m. Stop by for the fun, prizes and goodies.

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Friona Heritage Estates’ kitchen is getting a fresh, new look. They have new countertops and a fresh coat of paint. Come by on game day and check it out!

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Residents/clients and employees at Prairie Acres and Heritage Estates having birthdays this month are: Veda Prather (Jan. 3), Jennifer Baize (Jan. 3), Ila Daniel (Jan. 10), Frances Saiz (Jan. 12), Terry Massey (Jan. 15), Sarah Owen (Jan. 18), Retha DeLeon (Jan. 18), Irma Espinoza (Jan. 23), Patricia Rocha (Jan. 25), Lee Alexander (Jan. 28), and Ollie Taylor (Jan. 29). Happy Birthday!

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Just a reminder that the Action for an Ambulance Fund is still taking donations for the purchase of a new ambulance for Friona. Contact Kitty Gallman, Sharon White or Kathryn Goddard for more information.

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Prairie Acres January Resident of the Month is Jo Wells and Edith Gomez is the January Employee of the Month. Congratulations!

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Welcome to the new City Manager Leander ‘Lee’ Davila. It is good to have you back.

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Family Bingo at Prairie Acres is set for Tuesday, January 16 at 7 p.m.

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It is Stock Show season again. Stop by the Friona Community Center during the week of January 15 to see how hard the showmen have worked and before you leave stop by the concession stand to fill you up.

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How many times have you written 2017 in the last few days? Don’t feel bad…we all do it!

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The Friona Star will turn 100 years old in 2025. That may seem like a really long time into the future but it will zoom by before we know it. We are looking for the citizens of Friona to tell us “What Friona means to me” We will be collecting these stories and publishing them from time to time. They need to be 500 words or less. If you have any questions, feel free to call (806) 250-2211 and I will do my best to have the answers.

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The Friona Chamber of Commerce is taking nominations for Man/Woman of the Year, Students of the Year, Employee of the Year, Educator of the Year and Citizen of the Year. Stop by the Chamber office to pick up a form to make your nominations or go to http://www.frionachamber.com/ to download the forms.

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The Chieftain Choices Program at Friona High School is set for Friday, February 9. For more information please contact Allison Johnston at Friona High School, (806) 250-3951 or via email at ajohnston@frionaisd.com.

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Changes are inevitable. That being said…what life changes are you making for 2018? Are you going to exercise more? Lose weight? Be kinder? Smile more? Change your priorities? Whatever you have resolved to do in 2018, I hope you achieve them.

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Are you a family caregiver or caregiver? Coffee Break for Caregivers is a good place to learn about potential resources for patients and family. Join them Friday, January 5 at the First National Bank Community Room in Friona at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and donuts followed by a meeting at 10 a.m.

Their goal is to provide caregivers a time and place to come care, share, and learn. The social workers will provide an educational component each time and will be screening for any potential need to link to potential resources for families.

Coffee Break for Caregivers is sponsored by Bluebonnet Home Health and Hospice. For more information call (806) 247-0057 and ask for the social worker.

There is a free community service available on the first Friday of every month.

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This year sit down and write down all the jobs you do in a day. You might be surprised just how busy and versatile you really are.

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“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”~ Benjamin Franklin